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Michael A. Cowan

Professor Emeritus

Michael A. Cowan
Michael A. Cowan

Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in systematic theology from St. John’s University (Collegeville). He is the founder of the Common Good, a network of civil society organizations begun after Hurricane Katrina to seek consensus as a basis for collective action to rebuild the city. He is co-author of People in Systems, Conversation, Risk, and Conversion: The Inner and Public Life of Small Christian Communities, and Roots for Radicals, and of articles in psychological and theological journals in the United States and Ireland.

Dr. Cowan is a Research Affiliate  in the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion (CSSC) in the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at Oxford University.  He is also a Senior Fellow in the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict in Harris Manchester College in Oxford University, and a Visiting Research Associate in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches in the area of Jewish/Christian relations.

At LIM, Dr. Cowan teaches courses in practical theology and oversees the Small Christian Communities and Pastoral Care Focus Areas.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.S., The Ohio State University; M.A., St. John’s University (Collegeville)

Classes Taught

The Jewish Roots of Small Christian Communities

The Inner Life of Small Christian Communities

The Public Life of Small Christian Communities

Introduction to Pastoral Care

Areas of Expertise

♦ Community Organizing

♦ Counseling

♦ Small Christian Community